Holiday in Malta 2017, day 4

Last time I went to Malta I never visited Gozo, the island to the north-west. Time to rectify that! After a rather long bus journey from one end of Malta to the other, we arrived at the ferry terminal at Ċirkewwa, and joined the rather long queue. The ferry ride itself is about half an hour, so it wasn't too long before we were in Victoria, the largest town on the island. There we had some lunch (I got a really tasty seafood risotto) then bought a tour bus ticket and decided our first stop would be Dwejra on the »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 3 (part 2)

Il-waqfa li ymiss: Rabat, and thence Mdina. Eventually, at least - we got a bit lost in Rabat as a result of my not-very-clear memory of the town's layout, and my attempt to find what I thought was a nice café (it wasn't that great in the end). After lunch we headed into Mdina itself. After Mdina we got the bus to Marsaxlokk to meet my parents for coffee and a wander about. Finally we all headed to Marsaskala for dinner. So that was day 3, rather a full one! »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 3 (part 1)

Today was quite a busy one, so I'm splitting this post into two parts to avoid having 33 pictures one one page. First up: the Blue Grotto. We had planned on going here the previous day but the bus didn't show up, which turned out to be a good thing as it started raining not long after we got on a different bus to head back to the flat. The weather today though was lovely - sunny and, when out of the wind at least, warm. The sea was also quite calm, which made the boat ride out to the »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 2

This day: Valletta, the capital city of Malta. We were a bit concerned as the weather forecast was for cloud and rain, but we got lucky: it stayed sunny almost the whole day, only raining once we were on the bus back to the flat. We started out with a short wander around Birżebbuġa, where the flat is located, then had a coffee while waiting for the bus. Then it was off to the city! »

Holiday in Malta 2017, day 1

Three years after my first holiday in Malta, where I went alone, this April I went again, this time with Zoe. While it was nice the first time to not worry about anyone but myself when wandering around, it was obviously much more pleasant to have my wife with me :) Our flight out this time was fairly late - we didn't arrive in Malta until 21:00 local time, so there wasn't much opportunity for pictures, and obviously we were fairly tired by then. On the plus side, we didn't have to get up at 5:00, so it was »

Holiday in Malta, Day 8

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 My last day in Malta! Although my plane wasn't until 20:35, I didn't want to go anywhere too far away in case there was a problem with buses or something, so we decided we'd visit Marsaskala again, like we did on my first day. Before that though, I went for another walk around Birżebbuġa, because I was curious about wha the big red container ship was doing out in the bay, and I hadn't really explored that end of »

Holiday in Malta, Day 7

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 My last full day in Malta, and it was a lazy one – I got up late, and didn't really go anywhere adventurous, instead opting to go to Marsaxlokk again for lunch with my parents. Before that, though, I went for a walk around Birżebbuġa since I'd not really explored it much yet. Walk done, I headed to Marsaxlokk, and this time got off the bus a little earlier so I could walk along more of the waterfront. That's it, really, »

Holiday in Malta: Day 6

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Even though it's not really a fishing village, lots of people in Birżebbuġa own boats. The town is pretty small and quiet, so if you're after somewhere like that, I'd recommend it for a holiday. From around the start of April, the weather starts getting comfortably warm; before that it can be quite cold even when the sky is cloudless. As mentioned in the previous post, today's destination is Rabat. I'd been told that it was originally the capital of »

Holiday in Malta: Day 5

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 The weather forcast for today was not promising, but fortunately it wasn't accurate either – the sun was out and the wind was pretty mild, so all in all the temperature was quite pleasant. The landlord of my parents' flat works at the Għar Dalam caves and he'd arranged to get us in for free, but since the caves don't open until 10:30 we went to have breakfast at the local café in Birżebbuġa. I didn't get much, so once »

Holiday in Malta: Day 4

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 The long bus journeys of the previous day gave me plenty of time to peruse the Holiday Bus Map and decide where to go next. Holiday Bus Map Ta'Qali crafts village sounded interesting, so that was today's destination. As the map shows, there's no direct bus from Birżebbuġa so I had to go via Valletta, which thankfully didn't really take too long. The weather forecast for the day looked promising, and turned out to be mostly accurate: warm, with occasional »

Holiday in Malta: Day 3

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 My destination for today was Għardira, the beach resort in Mellieħa, and being almost at the other end of the island from the flat, it was a two-hour bus ride away. Before I set off, I made myself a packed lunch and grabbed a bottle of Kinnie, a 'bittersweet soft drink made from oranges and aromatic herbs', native to Malta. As the bus topped the hill in Mellieħa and descended towards the beach resort, I began to have my doubts »

Holiday in Malta: Day 2

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 This post, and most of the others in this series from now on, will be a little more image-heavy than Day 1's Despite waking up fairly early – around 8 local time – I didn't get out of bed for quite a while, instead enjoying the lack of pressure to be anywhere at a particular time. The flat, like many in Malta (and I suppose other hot places), has a flat roof upon which one may enjoy the sun, as my parents »

Holiday in Malta: Day 1

Posts in this series: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 On Sunday the 24th of March I left England for a seven day trip to Malta. It was the first proper holiday I'd taken in around 20 years and naturally, since photography is my hobby, I took a camera: my Fuji X-E1 and the Fuji XF 35mm f⁄1.4 lens. I also have an X100 and the 18–55 lens, but I took only the 35 for two reasons: first as a sort of experiment, to see if I »